Scene from the film Night Sweat
Share via
  • Facebook
  • Twitter

Night Sweat

  • Austria

The sky´s blue hanging above the black of a forest. Lightning flashes over a clearing. And the white ball of the moon with dark spots. These are the three suggestions that make Night Sweat an examination of a visual effect´s technical aspects.
The film was shot in analog Hi-8 video. Its poor resolution, especially in precarious light conditions, occupies the foreground in the first and third chapters. At the same time the musical accompaniment matches perfectly, with scattering beats, dubby wisps of sound and intensifying distortion effects. In the zoom of this part´s final shot the pixelated blue of the night resembles the pandemonium of bacteria under a microscope: The image exists behind the documentary appearance.
In the concluding part the picture "trembles," then condenses into an apparently familiar representation of the moon, which is in fact conveyed only through various media devices. After the camera zooms back, the horizontal layer of blocks turns out to be an outer edge of a bright circle.


  • Original Title
    Night Sweat
  • Direction
  • Cinematography
    Siegfried A. Fruhauf
  • Sound
    Jürgen Gruber, Christoph Ruschak
  • Runtime
    9 min (1-15 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Austria
  • Festivals
    • Cork - Int. Film Festival
    • Diagonale, Festival des Österreichischen Films
    • Hamburg - Int. Kurzfilm-Festival & No Budget
    • Istanbul - Int. Short Film Festival
    • Linz - Crossing Europe
    • Telluride - TIE International Experimental Film & Video Festival
    • Vila do Conde - Festival Internacional de Curtas-Metragens
    • Zagreb - 25fps Film & Video Festival
    • Festival International du Nouveau Film et de la Video
    • Berlin - Transmediale (Festival for digital art)
    • Copenhagen - cph:dox, Intl Documentary Film Festival
    • Hong Kong - Int. Film Festival
    • Neubrandenburg (D) & Szczecin (PL) - dokumentART Film & Video Festival
    • Nijmegen - Go Short Film Festival
    • Osnabrück - European Media Art Festival
    • Paris - Festival des Cinemas Differents Collectif Jeune Cinema
    • Paris - Némo Festival
    • Rotterdam - Int. Filmfestival
    • Stuttgart - Filmwinter, Media Art Festival
    • Wien - Fulframe Festival
    • Wroclaw - WRO-International Media Art Biennale is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

Doc Alliance Members

Sign up to receive regular updates on our film program:

By signing up for the newsletter, I hereby consent to receiving commercial communications by electronic means and to all relevant personal data processing required for the purpose of sending the Doc-Air Distribution s.r.o. newsletter. I hereby confirm that I have read and familiarized myself with the Principles of Personal Data Processing and that I consent to the text therein. I also hereby acknowledge the rights specified herein, including, without limitation, the right to submit objections against direct marketing techniques.

Poslat svému Junioru